Fined for slapping step-daughter Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

Security Guard, Phillip Nicholas, 47, has to pay $705 for slapping his 20-year-old step-daughter, Latesha Hughes, who tried to intervene as he was about to hit her sister. The incident occurred at their family home located at #13 Barracat Street in Belize City on Wednesday, February 3.

Hughes visited the Domestic Violence Unit around 9 p.m. on Wednesday and reported that shortly after she got home from school she heard a commotion and when she checked to see what was happening she saw her step-father standing over her sister with his right hand up in the air about to hit her. Hughes quickly intervened to protect her sister and that was when Nicholas slapped her to the left side of the face. She went to see a doctor and was issued a medico legal form  where Dr. K. Riviera classified her injuries as harm.

Nicholas appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Thursday, February 4. He agreed with the facts of the case and admitted that he slapped Hughes but says the strike was not meant for her. Nicholas said Hughes got slapped by accident because she jumped in front of his hand. For the guilty plea to harm, Nicholas was imposed a non-custodial sentence in a fine of $700 plus $5 cost of court fee. He must pay by March 31, 2016, or serve three months imprisonment.